Jamia Millia Islamia said on Wednesday it will study the judgment by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) granting it “minority institution” status and work out the modalities of its implementation. “The judgment does not in any way change the essential character of Jamia. The university has always had a commitment to national goals of social justice and secular ideals. It will continue to uphold these in the future too,” university vice chancellor Najeeb Jung said. The NCMEI on Tuesday granted “minority institution” status to Jamia Millia Islamia, giving it the right to reserve up to 50 percent of seats for Muslims. The order could change the secular character of the central university as it will not have to provide a quota for OBCs and Dalits. Jamia currently has 22.5 reservation for SCs/STs, 25 percent for students from the Jamia school and 3 percent for the physically handicapped. The NCMEI judgment put to end the almost five-year-long case on a petition filed by the Jamia Students Union, the Jamia Old Boys Association and the Jamia Teachers Association in 2006 contending the university was a minority institution and not obliged to implement any other quota following the government decision to implement 27 percent reservation for other backward classes (OBSs) in the university. The Confederation of Muslim Education Institutions of India was an intervening party while the vice chancellor of the university, the human resource development ministry and minority affairs ministry were the respondents.
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